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Creative Audigy 4 Pro: The Ultimate Consumer Sound Card?

Introduction

At first glance, the Audigy 4 Pro is identical to the Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro . It takes the form of a PCI board connected to an external hub, with the line outputs (three 3.5 mm jacks) on the PCI board and all the other connections on the hub. For more details, take a look at our article on the Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro - the design and the external hub are essentially identical. The table below sums up the device's capabilities and requirements.

Creative Labs Audigy 4 Pro
InterfacePCI
Main circuitAudigy 4
Max. sampling rate192 kHz
Quantification24 bits
ASIO24 bits / 96 kHz
MIDI/game portYes
Inputs
On-Board1 line, 1 S/PDIF
Hub2 line, 1 adjustable mike/line, S/PDIF coaxial/optical
Outputs
On-BoardThree 3.5 mm jacks (7.1)
Hub1 adjustable headphone, 1 digital optical/ coaxial S/PDIF
DVD and Cinema
StandardsDolby Digital EX, DTS ES, S/PDIF output
ConfigurationUp to 7.1
DVD AudioYes, up to 192 kHz
3D Game Sound
StandardsDS3D, A3D, EAX 4.0Advanced HD
Configuration2 to 7.1
MIDI
Hardware synthesizer32 channels, 64 tracks, standard DIN input and output
Software synthesizerCreative 16 channel